Forza Italia: The Fall and Rise of Italian Football

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This unique and personal journey into the heart of Italy and its football culture, including the national team?s dramatic 2006 World Cup victory and the match-fixing scandal, offers a unique perspective on Italian society.

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Overview

This unique and personal journey into the heart of Italy and its football culture, including the national team’s dramatic 2006 World Cup victory and the match-fixing scandal, offers a unique perspective on Italian society.

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In 1985, Agnew and his girlfriend left their home and jobs in Ireland in search of adventure in a warmer clime. They settled in Italy, where she got a steady job teaching and he followed his dream of covering Italian football. Part memoir, part sports commentary, part political and cultural observations, these pedestrian fan's notes record the exciting and the sordid world of Italian football, including its relatively recent glory days of the 1990s. As he observes, football in Italy is currently undergoing a crisis, ranging from financial meltdown to match fixing and drug scandals, that reflects the wider political and social crisis afflicting the country. For example, Agnew chronicles the life of Diego Armando Maradona in the 1980s, one of Italy's greatest footballers of all time, whose penchant for drugs, sex and the fast life ruined his career. In spite of Maradona's shortcomings and eventual arrest on drug possession charges, Italians stood by their footballer, demonstrating just how strongly football is embedded in Italian culture. Agnew waxes poetic in his admiration for the game, concluding that it brings together the creative genius of Da Vinci, the fun of the carnavale and the elements of commedia dell'arte. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780091905620
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 789,446
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paddy Agnew is a match commentator on Italian football for state broadcaster RAI and has covered Italian soccer for ESPN TV, BBC World Service radio, Reuters, World Soccer magazine, and many other news organizations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Sprechen vous Italiano?

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    Posted November 20, 2012

    Italy

    Ciao!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Fem! Romano

    She sat at the conference table, waiting for the others to arrive.

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